County schools cancel February meeting again

Published 10:11 am Thursday, February 26, 2015

Members of the Carter County Board of Education found themselves in an unusual position this week — they had to cancel the same meeting twice due to snow.

The board was scheduled to hold its regular monthly meeting Feb. 19, but canceled and rescheduled the meeting due to the snow and ice that came through the area last week. The board rescheduled the meeting for today, but it was canceled again as another winter storm system was predicted to move through the region.

The decision to cancel today’s meeting was made by board Chairman Rusty Barnett and Director of Schools Kevin Ward.

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“Rusty and I talked yesterday and then I spoke with several of the other board members and got back in touch with Rusty,” Ward said Wednesday after the cancellation was announced. “We felt like with the weather moving like they’re calling for it would be best to just cancel it.”

One of the concerns Ward said he and other board members had was the safety of the school system staff and public who would be attending the meeting. “We didn’t want anyone to get hurt,” Ward said.

Rather than attempt to reschedule the meeting again, Ward said the business which would have been discussed at the February meeting will now be added to the agenda for the March meeting. One of the items of business that is being delayed is the approval of a contract to begin placing ads on school buses.

“I don’t know that we’ve ever had to come back and cancel a meeting again or combine two months of business into one meeting,” Ward said. “This may be a first for us.”

The board’s next meeting is currently set for March 19 at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at Unaka Elementary School. A board workshop session is set for March 10, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the school system’s administration building on Academy Street.

March will also see the first meeting of a new committee for the school system. The Facilities/Capital Improvement Planning Committee will meet for the first time on March 5 at 5 p.m. at the administration building.

“This will be an organizational type meeting for this new committee,” Ward said.